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  • A black IPA collaboration beer between Begyle and DryHop Brewers.
A black IPA collaboration beer between Begyle and DryHop Brewers. (DryHop Brewers )
August 27, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

La Tomatina Menu

Mercat a la Planxa 638 S. Michigan Ave. 312-765-0524

Celebrate the Spanish tomato-throwing festival by throwing a few onto your fork in the form of this three-course, tomato-centric prix fixe including shrimp in a tomato sauce with Spanish feta and grilled bread and more—plus an Absolut vodka, tomato water and horseradish caviar cocktail. 4-10 p.m. $35.

DRINK

American Variety 2 with Alison & Carolyn

Haymarket Pub & Brewery 737 W. Randolph St. 312-638-0700

Drinking & Writing co-founder Sean Benjamin joins comedians Alison Connelly and Carolyn Shoemaker for a booze-themed sketch cabaret revue. Take in the show with a $7 pint of Ombibulous American IPA, inspired by essayist H.L. Mencken's quote, "I'm ombibulous. I drink every known alcoholic drink and enjoy them all." 8:30 p.m. $15. Through Sept. 25. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com.

Begyle Beer Release

DryHop Brewers 3155 N. Broadway 773-857-3155

You can measure time by which beer you're drinking during tappings of the first release of Maybe Next Summer "procrastination" ale (6 p.m.), Calypso's Song IPA (7 p.m.), Don't Bring Me Down Zeus double IPA (8 p.m.) and the return of newly brewed Begyle-DryHop collaborative beer, Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts (9 p.m.), available for $6-$8 each. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.

DO

Double Feature

The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-609-2336

Get a double dose of funny with seven stand-up comics—Tim Barnes, Kristen Toomey, Ian Abramson, Alex Stone, Marlena Rodriguez and RedEye 5 on 5 contributor Clark Jones—and screenings of seven humorous short films by local comedy groups, complete with a cash bar and $1 popcorn. 9 p.m. $5.

Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Contest

Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted St. 773-477-9189

Comedian Bradley Thomas hosts a viewing party featuring screenings of audition videos by 15 semifinalists—and hosted Absolut vodka tastings—in this laugh challenge co-sponsored by The Advocate magazine. Five contestants move forward—along with three previously selected online voting competition winners—to the Sept. 24 finals at Zanies. 8-10 p.m.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Visit the Clever Alice fall sample sale pop-up shop Wednesday-Sunday at 17 E. Pearson St.: cleveralice.com.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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